Leadership via Gardening

Coconut_SproutDr. Vicki R. Whiting Ph.D., MBA – who is a professor at the Gore School of Business, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah – focuses on organizational management – “most specifically on organizational behavior, mentorship, negotiation, leadership and the global environment of the firm.” As part of this focus she has developed “3 Keys to Cultivating Leadership” (presented in an essay for The Leadership Collaboratory, Linked 2 Leadership, Nov. 2012.)

The gardening-themed leadership keys are :

1) Fertilize for Nourishment

“Growth of any type requires nourishment. Plants are fed with fertilizer and water. Leaders are nourished through positive interactions and learning.”

2) Transplant to Favorable Environments

“Plants require different amounts of sunlight and types of soil. Leaders thrive different types of organizational cultures and structures, although it is a challenge to change jobs, teams, or organizations.”

3) Prune Spent Blooms

“Leaders and gardeners alike must cut back the deadwood in order to make way for new growth.”

QUESTION. What other gardening-themed metaphors could be usefully applied to Leadership Studies? For inspiration, have a look at this clip from the 1979 (fictional) film ‘Being There’ – in which Chance the Gardener (Peter Sellers) presents his ideas to the US President (Jack Warden).

4 Responses to “Leadership via Gardening”

  1. OMICS Group Says:

    Nice Topic but there is no clarity about the two topics…If it possible you have to give the details of the above topics..

    (OMICS Group)

  2. Martin g Says:

    Which two topics?

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  4. Kollin Says:

    Hi Ms. Lovejoy!Thanks so much for the information! I never did prune my lilac, but now I’m fnieleg empowered to get going on this project. I’m spending time in my garden this afternoon, hoping to tuck everything in safely prior to tomorrow’s major meteorological event (nor’easter/blizzard/hurricane). I think I’ll tackle the larger trunks after we all make it through the storm.Regards!

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